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Johnson City to enforce social distancing at parks

first_imgOn Monday, the city of Binghamton announced it was going discourage social gatherings at its parks. The parks remain available for use to the public but athletic areas and sporting fields are closed. They say Floral Ave Park is an exception and is not accessible. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The village of Johnson City says it will enforce social-distancing guidelines at its parks in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The office of Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie says it has removed rims from basketball hoops, swings from swing sets and placed caution tape around playgrounds. The following is a list of guidelines when using parks:center_img Village officials say they expect more people to use the parks as the weather gets warmer. Stay local and keep visits shortVisits should be solitary, or with small groups onlyBe ready to move quickly through places where people congregateAvoid activities where you may come in close contact with other peopleStay home if you do not feel wellStay home if you are over 70 and or from a vulnerable populationIf you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park or return another time to visit For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

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CTO welcomes reduction in APD for long haul flights from Northern Ireland

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share LifestyleTravel CTO welcomes reduction in APD for long haul flights from Northern Ireland by: – October 7, 2011center_img Tweet 29 Views   no discussions Image via: caribbeanjobs.comBRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has welcomed the UK Treasury announcement that it will reduce the Air Passenger Duty (APD) rates for long haul flights departing from Northern Ireland. This is seen as a sure sign that the UK government is giving consideration to the issues raised about APD arising out of its stakeholder consultation on APD reform. The reduction in APD for Northern Ireland acknowledges the importance of vital air routes to the economy and the positive impact that aviation can have on economic growth and sustainable job creation. The Northern Ireland case is confirmation that the travelling public is paying increasing attention to the cost of flights and that they are willing to travel further to catch a flight if it saves them money. The UK government’s decision to reduce APD levels in Northern Ireland follows clear evidence that passengers were prepared to travel from Belfast to Dublin where levels of ticket tax are significantly lower at €3 (approximately £2.50) per passenger compared with £75 in economy and £150 in premium cabins from Belfast. Officials feared that present high levels of APD would have ended transatlantic air services to Northern Ireland and jeopardised the province’s economy. For the Caribbean, there is already evidence that market distortion caused by APD is resulting in the reduction of some air services from the UK. Tourism is the Caribbean’s biggest export and the UK is one of its biggest markets, with many countries, especially the Eastern Caribbean states, highly dependent on this market. In 2010, 23 percent of all arrivals to the Caribbean from Europe came from the UK, with 56 percent of UK arrivals going to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) sub-region. CTO chairman, Minister Skerritt said: “It is because of the value of tourism to the Caribbean that the CTO has been actively engaging with the UK government to ensure that it understands why the region takes this issue so seriously. We look forward to the UK government’s response to the APD consultation, due this autumn, and hope that the outcome not only rectifies the discriminatory aspect of the banding system but that it seeks to provide a solution to the problem of the impact that very high long haul APD rates is having on people’s choice of destination and scheduled carriers decisions on where and when to fly.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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DeAndre Baker’s alibi is … ‘Madden’? Lawyer says Giants CB was busy playing video game

first_imgMORE: Bills’ Ed Oliver arrested, charged with DWI, unlawfully carrying gun”Far from an individual who’s going somewhere with an alleged intent to rob somebody, an armed robbery, to go there and hook up his ‘Madden’ game, play the game for over an hour and then leave it there and go home,” Patel told the Post.To hear Patel tell it, Baker “bounced” as soon as he heard a disturbance in another room of the house where the party was taking place May 13. He didn’t even bother to take his “Madden” gear with him, Patel added.”He doesn’t have anything to do with the ruckus. He didn’t even see it. The only thing he sees is out of the corner of his eye a table getting flipped over and everybody running, screaming and yelling. And he’s out,” Patel told the Post.Patel also told the Post that he is working to back up his claim by gathering electronic evidence that Baker was logged on and playing “Madden” the night of the robbery.Baker and Seahawks defensive back Quinton Dunbar surrendered to police in Broward County, Fla., last week after arrest warrants were issued. Baker and Dunbar each were charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm. Baker was also charged with four counts of aggravated assault. The men are accused of stealing thousands of dollars in cash and watches from partygoers. Witnesses gave sworn statements to police identifying Dunbar and Baker as perpetrators along with a third man, but the players’ attorneys are vigorously challenging the veracity of those statements.Baker was released from the county jail on Sunday after posting a $200,000 bond. Another of his attorneys, Bradford Cohen, submitted a written plea of not guilty Monday. Baker could be sentenced to 15 years on each of the armed robbery counts if convicted, the Post noted. DeAndre Baker did attend a party that was marred by an alleged armed robbery police say Baker helped to perpetrate last week, but one of Baker’s attorneys, in denying the allegations, put forth a novel alibi claim: video games, specifically “Madden.”Patrick Patel told the New York Post on Tuesday the Giants cornerback came to the party armed only with a game console, controllers and a charger, and not his gun, for which he has a permit.last_img read more